There Really Is a Santa Claus: The History of St. Nicholas & Christmas Holiday Traditions

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Amerisearch, Inc., 2002 - 300 páginas
Saint Nicholas - Sinter Klaas - Santa Claus Read the story of Nicholas, 3rd Century Bishop of Myra, Asia Minor (present day Turkey) and how over time stories of his holy, generous life were embelished into legend. Discover additions of writer Washington Irving, minister Clement Moore, Civil War illustrator Thomas Nast, Coca-Cola artist Haddom Sundblom. Explore fascinating origins of the 12 Days of Christmas, Christmas Tree, Carols, Kris Kringle, Creche' scene, Poinsettia, Hanukkah... Relive events on Christmas throughout history, from Columbus to Valley Forge, the Great Depression to the Korean War. Travel back in time by reading Christmas Messages of U.S. Presidents, such as: Harry S Truman, just after WWII, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, 1946: "If we as a nation, and the other nations of the world, will accept it, the star of faith will guide us into the place of peace as it did the shepherds on that day of Christ's birth long ago."

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Cool book on where our notion of santa came from - the history is solid and i'm sure i'll be repeating the stories over the holiday season.

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Origins
13
Stories of Nicholas
27
Gradual Transformation
41
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
52
In the year 1766AD Virginia Almanack
65
In the years 1804AD Lewis and Clark
79
In the year 1856AD Franklin Pierce
81
In the year 1935AD Franklin D Roosevelt
94
In the year 1964AD Lyndon B Johnson
163
In the year 1968AD Lyndon B Johnson
178
In the year 1972AD Richard M Nixon
194
In the year 1978AD Jimmy Carter
208
In the year 1982AD Ronald Reagan
228
In the year 1984AD Ronald Reagan
252
In the year 1987AD Ronald Reagan
268
In the year 1990AD George H W Bush
288

In the year 1942AD Franklin D Roosevelt
108
In the year 1946AD Harry S Truman
121
In the year 1952AD Harry S Truman
135
In the year 1958AD Dwight Eisenhower
147
In the year 1992AD George H W Bush
302
In the year 1996AD Bill Clinton
315
Festival of Lights
329
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